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3-Ingredient Copycat Lawson’s Potato Chip Dip Recipe

If you’re a chips and dip junkie, you’re going to LOVE this out-of-this-world 3-ingredient potato chip dip recipe that does double duty as a delicious veggie dip… A perfect dupe for the Midwestern classic Lawson’s chip dip, it’s ideal for tailgating and more!

chip dip in a ceramic chip and dip serving dish

My Favorite Easy Chip Dip

A party’s not a party without chips and dip. Am I right?! I mean, you simply can’t go wrong if you show up with a bag of your favorite potato chips and a bowl of creamy potato chip dip. Chip dips are everyone’s favorite!

I’ve shared lots of my favorite easy dip recipes with you already. But I’ve been saving my very favorite potato chip dip recipe for a special occasion, and the Big Game coming up on Sunday seems like the perfect choice!

chip dip recipes served in a ceramic tray

Copycat Lawson’s Chip Dip Recipe

I know it’s simple enough to grab a container of dip out of the dairy case, but me and this particular chip dip recipe go waayyy back…

We’re talking the early 80’s here, friends. You know, back when it was common to pop into the corner convenience store to pick up milk, eggs, orange juice, and/or bread throughout the week as needed.

Our local store was Lawson’s, and in addition to these basic staples, they also sold a handful of specialty items, including chipped ham (IYKYK) AND the most delicious sour cream chip dip EVER.

The very best Friday nights of my childhood were spent watching the Dukes of Hazzard while scooping up Lawson’s chip dip with Jones’ potato chips (the very BEST chips around!) and sipping on Coke from a 2-liter poured over ice in my mom’s Tupperware tumblers.

Sadly, Lawson’s is long gone, but their chip dip lives on in this family favorite copycat recipe. This easy ranch dip with sour cream seriously has everything going for it — simple to prepare, creamy with tons of flavor, and just plain delicious. And what’s more, it requires just 3 ingredients…

how to make chip dip with 3 ingredients

How To Make Chip Dip?

That’s right — just 3 ingredients and 30 seconds is all it takes to get this out of this world chip dip recipe on the table! And yeah, I guess this is more of a semi-homemade dip for chips, but it’s still FAR better than any store bought dips for chips I’ve tried these days.

My not so secret ingredient is Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese, which can be found with the cream cheese spreads in the dairy department. It’s what gives this easy dip recipe its fresh flavor and creamy texture.

I typically let it sit out for about 30 minutes to soften before preparing this dip, but you can also use it right out of the refrigerator with a hand mixer to smooth out any lumps. Actually, I just prefer to use my hand mixer for it anyhow, because it makes this cream cheese sour cream dip super creamy and light.

To the cream cheese you just need to add your favorite sour cream and about a tablespoon of dry ranch dressing mix. Easy-peasy!

Oh, and while developing my own homemade dry ranch dressing mix is on my to-do list, for today’s purposes, I just grabbed a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Dry Ranch Dressing Mix from the salad dressing aisle.

Did you know it also comes in a big shaker container now? Meaning you’re not stuck with a partial package of dry ranch mix sitting around!

chips and dip made with 3 ingredients

Chips and Dip

Serve with your favorite brand of potato chips, and watch this delicious chip dip disappear! In fact, you may want to pick up a second container of the cream cheese with chives to make more. If you grab the 16-oz. size sour cream, you should have plenty of dry ranch seasoning left for a second batch.

If you’re planning to take this dip on the road, I’d recommend picking up some of these Chinet chip and dip trays. They eliminate having to leave your favorite chip and dip server behind — just toss them when they’re empty! And believe me, your tray WILL be empty before the party’s over…

chip dip recipe made with 3 ingredients

Copycat Lawson's Potato Chip Dip

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

If you're a chips and dip junkie, you're going to LOVE this out-of-this-world easy chip dip... AND it doubles as a delicious veggie dip!



  1. Set the cream cheese out to soften about 30 minutes before you intend to prepare the dip.
  2. Stir together softened cream cheese, sour cream and dry ranch dressing mix. Better yet, if you have a hand mixer, use it to whip everything together. This will make your chip dip extra creamy and light!
  3. Serve with your favorite potato chips or veggies.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 servings Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 6.2gSaturated Fat: 4.0gCholesterol: 17.6mgSodium: 311.3mgCarbohydrates: 2.5gFiber: 0.0gSugar: 0.9gProtein: 1.8g

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veggie dip made with just 3 ingredients

Double Duty Veggie Dip Recipe

P.S. This homemade chip dip also doubles as a fabulous veggie dip… Whether you serve it on a tray surrounded with up cut up veggies or make up these little individual veggie cups with dip (always a crowd pleaser!!!), it disappears just as fast as with chips!

If you like this easy sour cream dip, you might also enjoy these other simple dip recipes:

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Saturday 30th of December 2023

I made this dip for a party and it was gone in no time! I am making it again and was wondering how far in advance can you make this for a party?

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 30th of December 2023

You can definitely make it ahead of time! I can’t say how far because it’s once it made in my house, it never last more than a day - even when we double it.


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

Still at circle K in Canton Ohio as of fall 2022. Definitely not long gone.


Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Hi, I’m from newton falls, oh and our circle K had lawson’s when I was back home in July. I moved to Colorado in May and have been missing Lawson’s sorely. Our circle K has always carried it, though, so maybe you’ll have luck there finding it?? Sometimes it is sold out though!!

Tara Kuczykowski

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

Thanks, Carl -- I guess I will just keep checking!

Sharon Urschel

Thursday 31st of March 2022

I loved Lawson’s chip dip! I have heard that Circle K gas stations have it , but I never think to go there. I live in Mansfield,Oh and I will give your recipe a try and see how it compares to some of the others I like now. Thanks for sharing your recipe!


Sunday 2nd of April 2023

@Tara Kuczykowski, Mansfield, TX??

Tara Kuczykowski

Sunday 3rd of April 2022

I'm so glad you found my recipe, Sharon. I actually grew up in Mansfield, and I still have a lot of family there! Hoping that I find the original in a Circle K one of these days, but I haven't had any luck yet. Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong spot?


Friday 12th of February 2021

I cannot wait to try this dip... I grew up eating Lawson's dip and it is the BEST! I have found it in Ohio at Circle K, but I live in Oklahoma now and only get back to Ohio about every other year... so I'm hoping this will satisfy my Lawson's dip cravings!


Monday 26th of December 2022

@Tara Kuczykowski Google maps is your friend.


Sunday 21st of February 2021

@Tara Kuczykowski, The the dip was perfect! Thank you soooo much for posting it!!!

Tara Kuczykowski

Saturday 13th of February 2021

Hope you love it, Becki! We just made a double batch for the Super Bowl last week. Obviously it's best with Jones chips, but I can only get those when my mom brings them from Mansfield. ♥

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